captioning by vitac, underwritten by fireman's fund >>> as japan continues after the earthquake strong waves are felt on the west coast. >> the elected officials find themselves bogged down. >> belva: governor brown is holding last-minute budget negotiations with republicans after missing his self imposed deadline for a special election. california's 2010 census data reveals which communities and ethnic populations are gaining ground throughout the state. and the police corruption scandal in san francisco widens with more than 50 criminal cases dropped by d.a. george gascone, coming up next. good evening. welcome to this week in northern california. joining me tonight on our news panel are, rachel gordon, city hall reporter with the "san francisco chronicle." scott shafer, host of the california report on kqed public radio 88.5 fm. and josh richman, legal and political affairs reporter for the oakland tribune. and tom vacar, consumer editor for ktvu news. tom, you were at the uss -- >> usgs today. >> belva: what did you find out there and what is the latest they could tell you?